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Tease February 25, 2010
I’m working on a super spectacular something withNikki at Design Coyote. It’s almost ready, but I really couldn’t help myself from sharing. Just a little.
In Memoriam February 22, 2010
Cesar Millan (The Dog Whisperer) is a resource for and inspiration to many dog lovers world-wide. Last week, his companion Daddy the pit bull died at the age of 16.
Last year I sent a painting of Daddy to Cesar’s Burbank office; his staff put it on display and told me later that Cesar liked it very much. I hope it brings them a little bit of joy, now that Daddy is gone.
Bluebird skies February 21, 2010
Oregon is, for the most part, decidedly gray. But we have been experiencing the most beautiful, clear, crisp weather for the past four or five days. Just gorgeous. But cold. Which is okay with me; we used to live in Montana and I swear I can handle 20 below as long as the sun is shining.
The pros of this unseasonably good weather:
- I can send the kids outdoors All Day.
- There’s better lighting in my studio for painting.
- Everyone’s in a good mood.
- Days seem longer.
- You can see every cobweb and window smudge that has gone unnoticed through the winter.
- The discovery of these cobwebs and smudges tends to interfere with my making of art. (Can’t paint ’til house is clean. I’m crazy like that.)
My daughter and I had a coffee/hot chocolate date Friday morning at the park. We took photos of the river and some geese that will probably end up as a painting someday. My husband was downright shocked that I actually took initiative to go outside, but here’s the proof.
I took advantage of the time the kids spent outdoors and finished a slew of paintings. One is so cute, but I can’t show you because it’s a gift and I can’t spoil the surprise. Here are a couple of others that I finished up.
Completed: February 20, 2010
Beverage: Banrock Station Shiraz-Cab
Completed: February 21, 2010
Beverage: Starbucks iced mocha
Next week I’m painting a Tibetan Spaniel puppy, oh my god, so cute. And a catamaran. After that, I’m all caught up and will just sit around and eat bon-bons and wait for the universe to send me more puppies to paint.
Flashback February 19, 2010
I got my first pony in third grade. His name was Sonny and he used to scrape me off on trees when I was riding him. Then there was Babe, the palomino, who was really my mom’s horse but a little bigger than Sonny so I graduated to riding her in 4-H. In 8th grade I started riding hunter-jumpers and had the most beautiful, magical, dressage-trained thoroghbred named Theo. In high school, I fulfilled my childhood dream of being rodeo queen with a bomb-proof dapple gray named Rowdy.
In my 20s I competed in hunters on Robin, the horse I was born to ride. But even at those big shows, despite the steely nerves and the $300 riding pants, I was just one of those girls who loves horses.
This painting was commissioned by the rider’s mom. Abigail is a member of a collegiate equestrian team, and her mom sent me this photo along with many other beautiful images of Abigail and Lynard in competition. The show photos are full of action, stylish gear and even a sequin or two; but Abigail’s mom was partial to this photo most of all.
I get it. And so does every girl who’s ever sat on her horse, in the sun and brisk air, and felt right with the world.
She even kind of looks like me.
Title: Abigail & Lynard
Completed: February 19, 2010
Soundtrack: Lady Gaga, The Fame Monster
Beverage: Covey Run 2006 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
The Boxer February 17, 2010
When we were first married, my husband and I often talked about getting a dog when we were “settled.” We’d get a boxer and name him Satchel after Satchel Paige, the baseball player. (Though I have no idea who this is). We’d call him Satch for short because we figured it was good for a dog to have a one syllable name. “Satch! Come!” “Satch! Get out of the garbage!”
Well, in our 13 years of marriage we’ve learned one thing – you’re never really settled, are you? Not really. There’s school, and work, and different jobs. Apartments, more apartments, cross-country moves, babies.
The kind of nomadic, unsettled life that is more suited to cats, really, than to dogs.
The painting below is the first of the Mini Portrait series that I announced last week. Her name’s not Satchel, but she’s a beauty.
Completed: February 17, 2010
Soundtrack: Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole, Facing Future
Beverage: Diet Cherry Coke
Assembly Line February 15, 2010
For the past week, I’ve had a regular assembly line going in my studio. Today I have two paintings in progress and four or five on deck. I even had to break down and buy another drawing board, some clipboards and a filing system to keep myself organized. How soon until I can justify a housekeeper?
Some of the paintings I’m working on are gifts that people have ordered for special occasions. That means I can’t post them anywhere publicly until they’ve been, well, gifted. I learned that lesson the hard way.
Here’s one that I just finished for a delightful customer; as far as I can tell, all parties involved are aware of its existence so I can show you, too. As many of my paintings are, this is a memorial to her dog Mia (right) who is pictured with another dog of theirs, Ralf. I hope to also paint some of their puppies in the future and they’ve sent me some very cute pics. I mean, who doesn’t love puppies?
Title: Ralf and Mia
Completed: February 15, 2010
Soundtrack: k.d. lang, All You Can Eat
Beverage: Diet Coke